adjective im·mi·nent \ˈi-mə-nənt\

: happening very soon

Full Definition of IMMINENT

:  ready to take place; especially :  hanging threateningly over one's head <was in imminent danger of being run over>
im·mi·nent·ly adverb

Examples of IMMINENT

  1. We are awaiting their imminent arrival.
  2. These patients are facing imminent death.
  3. The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the local authorities were momentarily stunned, and began frantically trying to prepare for what they feared were further imminent attacks. —Richard A. Clarke, Atlantic, January/February 2005

Origin of IMMINENT

Latin imminent-, imminens, present participle of imminēre to project, threaten, from in- + -minēre (akin to Latin mont-, mons mountain) — more at mount
First Known Use: 1528
IMMINENT Defined for Kids


adjective im·mi·nent \ˈi-mə-nənt\

Definition of IMMINENT for Kids

:  being about to happen <imminent danger>


Next Word in the Dictionary: imminglePrevious Word in the Dictionary: imminencyAll Words Near: imminent
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears